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[2008-08-17 NY Times]

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/opinion/17judson.html

Testing Genes, Solving Little

By OLIVIA JUDSON

August 16, 2008

London

It was supposed to be simple. Once it became cheap to scan large
numbers of people for large numbers of genetic differences, everyone
assumed that it would swiftly become straightforward to convert
genetic differences into physical differences — that we’d be able to
look at someone’s genome and say, this man is between 5-foot-10 and 6-
foot-2, has black hair, green eyes and a high risk of developing
diabetes.

Not so. The age of large-scale screening arrived about five years ago,
and a hunt for the genes underlying heritable human differences
immediately began. But with a few exceptions — almost all of which
predate the large screens — the business of genetic forecasting has
turned out to be much more d

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  • Interesting article. Thanks

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    • I guess it's only you and me who think that! :)
      cheers

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    • agreed

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    • Naw, that was a good article - it's obvious to genecists but there's still this CW in the public that now HGC is complete we're a few years away from Gattaca. We're not, but that doesn't make genetic advancement any less interesting. This article speaks to that public CW.

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    • I would have read it sooner but I just got the interwebs back up at my new place yesterday :)

      This is good news to me. Diversity is key to any organism's survival. The fact that we are so diverse means that no single disease or superbug will be able to kill everyone. Somewhere out there lives the freak who is immune to the next pandemic, whatever it is.

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